4 Daily Habits Of A Successful Business Owner

2021 is officially upon us and after the chaos that 2020 brought us we are in need of something good!

By this time you should have already set a few goals for your business as well as figuring out some strategies to bring your goals to life. These goals won’t just keep you focused for the year but will encourage you to become disciplined in creating daily habits for your future success.

The two major keys to success are perseverance and discipline!

Incorporating these two keys into these daily habits for success will surely guarantee the growth you’ve desired since the start of your business.

So, what are some daily habits for success?

#1: Daily To-Do Lists:

If you’ve been following my blog for some time then you know how strongly I believe in creating daily to-do lists. To-do lists keep you focused and on track for the entire day.

If you’re a business owner that struggles with focusing or consistency then this is where you need to shift your focus. Every night before bed or at the start of the week take some time to write or type a list of things you have to do.

This requires a lot of discipline and getting used to but if you’re serious about your success you’ll get it done.

#2: Prioritizing Money Making Tasks:

You have started this business for a reason, and that reason must be your main focus! Money making tasks could mean anything from:

  • Sending out marketing emails
  • promoting on social media
  • engaging with past or potential customers…the list goes on!

These things should be the second thing you do every day and also the thing that you pour most of your time into.

While you may think answering emails from anyone who isn’t a client/customer may be important, it doesn’t produce anything for you.

So, after you finish tackling your morning routine, prioritize those money making tasks!

#3: Daily Mindset/Affirmation Routine

Everyone knows that mindset and belief is half of being successful! If you go into working on your business in a negative headspace or not believing in what you are doing then it won’t flourish. This is why it’s important to include meditating and/or affirmations into your morning routine.

Right before you touch your computer for the day, speak greatness over yourself and remove any self-doubt. You can achieve this by using simple “I am…”or “my business is…” affirmations.

Some great affirmations to get your mind on the path to success are:

“I am worthy of greatness and great things.”

“My business is overflowing with income.”

“My business is on the right path to success.”

“My business is successful.”

“I am already standing in my greatness.”

Meditation on top of that a great way to begin your work day!

Relieving your mind of all negative thoughts and focusing your mind and body on success can help improve your concentration while working.


There is one thing I’ve noticed about many small businesses compared to larger companies, they are so afraid of annoying customers.

If you’re an email subscriber to a lot of clothing companies then you see the number of promotional emails they send within a week. Well, this is for a reason and most business owners need to take note.

Promotional emails, social media posts, texts, etc. is the number one way to generate those sales. Now, this doesn’t mean you always have to push hard, but reminders have never hurt anyone.

If you own a service based business then your number one way to promoting is providing valuable information and ending it with a quick call to action.

The same goes for clothing, beauty, etc.!

Promote those new products throughout the day because there are millions of people online at different times. This is the best way to catch as many eyes as you can on your product.

You may be thinking, how am I supposed to have time to promote that often if I have other things to work on? The answer is USING SOCIAL MEDIA SCHEDULERS!

Don’t be afraid to promote your business out to the masses!

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Why Your Business Isn’t Seeing The Same Growth As Other Businesses

Every business owner knows the exhausting work and dedication it takes to not only start but run a business on their own. Most of us have overcome many obstacles some of our customers would never know we went through. Dealing with everything from figuring out our branding to social media posts on a daily is a challenge. Another critical thing customers don’t get to witness is the dry spell some of our businesses suffer with.

What is a dry spell?

It’s the time frame some business go through without selling anything! That dry spell can cause some business owners to doubt their abilities and even put some in debt.

Steve jobs quote about entrepreneurs

The good thing about a dry spell is that it will only last as long as you allow it. As a small business owner, it is your duty to figure out the next thing and how to bring in new business. While there are a few ways to entice new customers into your small business, there is one way in particular that’s most important.

Let’s create a quick visual!

Kate has been running her online candle making business for two years. She’s had the same four candle scents since she’s opened up. Although she’s gotten over one hundred sales since she’s opened, she notices a steep drop in business lately. She hasn’t switched up her formula and has stuck to the same tactics that have previously generated sales.

Woman in deep thought

What is Kate doing wrong?

The answer is within the story!

Kate has stuck with the same tactics she’s been using since her grand opening!

But why is this not generating sales anymore?

People get tired of seeing the same thing!

People love new things! Which is why most people shop as often as they do!

Most businesses suffer because they aren’t introducing anything new to their longtime followers and past customers.

The number one rule to anything in life is to never get too comfortable! As time passes, new trends come about. This means you have to grow with your target audience as your business matures.

Inspirational life quote

This is not only significant for business income but also because you have a new opportunity to attract new customers. Maintaining your loyal customers is great but so is discovering new people that want your product!

This is not only important for business income but also because you have a new opportunity to attract new customers. Maintaining your loyal customers is great but so is finding new people that want your product!

What do you do when your business isn’t growing at the rate it once was?

Switch it up, add something new and don’t be afraid of the change!



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The Basics Of Being A Business Owner: What You Need To Know

The foundation of everything is what makes that thing worth it. A house wouldn’t be a house if the foundation fell apart easily or wasn’t completely developed. In that same way, a newer car can barely sustain the damage of a fender bender because of the downgrade in materials used.

The features are remarkable to look at or use but the foundation in which it was built isn’t strong enough to sustain any potential downfall.

The same goes for your business! This is why it’s time we remember to embrace the basics!

New business owners jump right in and completely overlook these crucial parts of starting a business:

  • The Audience
  • The Marketing Strategy
  • The Brand

How and Why The Basics Are Needed For Each Of These Categories:

The Basics of The Audience:

Your audience is the lifeline of your business! This is a well-known fact! What’s unknown is just how essential it is to connect to your people! How do you know how to connect? By going back to the basics of communication. The basics of great communication is one person talking/asking and the other person listening and responding.

This is why the basics of communication is how you find your audience/your tribe! You can never know if people like a certain color or prefer one thing over the other unless you ask!

The basics of your audience is going out of your way to communicate with them about their likes and desires and you using your business to deliver.

The Basics Of The Marketing Strategy

Everyone knows that making a plan before doing anything makes doing that thing easier to tackle. Plotting out a way to go from step A to step B helps you succeed and relaxes your mind from the chaos that just jumping in could cause.

The same goes for strategizing a plan for your business marketing!

From the start of your business, you’ve come up with different ways to present your product/service to the world. This is only half of the plan you should be putting together.

What should a marketing strategy consist of?

  • Everything you’ve learned about your audience which will help you decide which marketing tactics to use
  • Deciding if your business will use influencer marketing, paid marketing, content marketing, etc.

This should get you on the right track to creating a successful marketing strategy!

The Basics Of The Brand

How do we get back to the basics of a brand?

Your brand is what will speak to everyone that comes across your business through your site or social media. This means that no matter where they go, they should already know that it is your brand!


Through what I would consider “brand consistency”!

Your brand consistency means that all fonts, colors, logos, profile pictures, etc. are consistent through every platform including your website. This is the one thing most businesses get right every time.

People may believe that colors and fonts don’t matter but they are mistaken! Both colors and fonts both convey messages, no matter the image or the word being shown. So when choosing colors for your business be aware of the emotions and message you’re trying to get your audience to feel.

Another valuable note is to make sure that if you change your color scheme acknowledge it and let your audience know even if they see it. At the end of the day you never want your audience to mistake your business for another!

Understanding how to put these basic factors together will guide you to creating a successful vision and action plan for your business!


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Small Business Christmas Gift Guide

November has arrived, and that can only mean it’s time to gear up for Christmas!

2020 has been a challenging year on so many small businesses! If we’ve learned one thing, it is that small businesses value your support far more than any corporation ever will. This is why a small business gift guide is perfect for your Christmas shopping!

You no longer have to look too far to find great small businesses to support this holiday season!

Give the gift of support to very deserving small businesses while gifting your family and friends!

*click on the business titles or shop buttons to be directed to each businesses site!*



Tionne Skin sells handmade skincare products that are both organic and cruelty free! Covering every part of skincare for both women and men! Shop Tionne Skin for:

  • Body Scrubs
  • Cleansers
  • Soaps
  • Body Oils
  • Body Butter
  • Lip Gloss
  • Lip Balm
  • Toners
  • Cologne
  • Beard Balm
  • Serums

Mya’s Glam House

Mya’s glam house is a black owned business that offers lip gloss and lip oils!


Violet’s Vintage is an online vintage/thrift store! Currently shipping worldwide!

Eye Wonder Beauty

Eye Wonder Beauty is a Vegan skincare brand that caters to self care! Shop with Eye Wonder Beauty For facial oils, body scrubs bath salts and more!

Rayea’s Touch

Rayea’s Touch is a black owned body and beauty brand. She makes handmade all natural products like:

  • Lip gloss
  • Lip balm
  • Lip scrubs
  • Body Butter
  • Eyelash & Eyebrow Growth Serum
  • and so much more!


Nature’s Finest Mystry

Nature’s Finest Mystry is a handmade gemstone jewelry brand that dedicates each product to physical and mental healing. Using all natural gemstones in each piece, Nature’s Finest Mystry strives to produce jewelry that not only looks good but feels good!

Shop Nature’s Finest Jewelry and find:

  • Gemstone Bracelets
  • Wrap Bracelets
  • Necklaces
  • Anklets
  • Waist Beads
  • Men’s Necklace/Bracelets

This Material Culture

Quirky handmade bracelets, rings, necklaces, earrings, and much more!

Knotty Shop

Knotty shop is a macrame and hand embroider shop with amazing art work, macrame hangers, macrame earrings, and more!

Use code MERCI to save 25% off!

Skyline Vues

Skyline Vues is fashion forward eye wear brand inspired by city “vues” from around the world. Skyline represents trend setters and individuals who love to express themselves freely through fashion.

Coco Jewelry

Coco jewelry specializes in key chains, candles and handmade jewelry!


Beginners Business Basics

Give the gift of business success to the small business owners and entrepreneurs in your family. Beginners Business Basics helps small business owners who are just getting started, have already established their business or those who are rebranding.

With Beginners Business Basics you’ll learn:

  • How to market to your target customer
  • How to market on social media to guarantee profits
  • How to create a blog for your business
  • How to drive consistent traffic to your website
  • How to create a business marketing strategy

Beginners Business Basics comes with the digital workbook with easy fill fields as well as 3 FREE Pinterest templates including video to drive traffic to your business site.

Mission Better

Mission Better is a small business that sells space themed sustainability starter kits and planet-friendly products including:

  • Starter kits to help launch your mission to be more eco-friendly.
  • Reusable mugs
  • Bamboo cutlery sets
  • Reusable produce bags
  • and more!

Support doesn’t just mean purchasing but sharing with others as well!


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Why Your Business Isn’t Seeing The Same Growth As Other Businesses

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How Social Media Impacts Your Businesses Future Financial Growth

Growing your business as a first-time business owner is a challenge that many fail at. Most don’t understand how learning about marketing and how to perform market research helps their business grow instantly. Some people equally fail to recognize the impact that social media can have on their business. Business owners from all niches missContinue reading “How Social Media Impacts Your Businesses Future Financial Growth”

How To Create A Strategy For Your Business That Guarantees Profits and Success

Launching a business or rebranding a business is similar in many ways. During both ventures you’re figuring out the what, who, why and how.The number one problem most business owners run into is having an amazing idea but not knowing the correct questions to ask themselves to bring their new brand/idea to life. There haveContinue reading “How To Create A Strategy For Your Business That Guarantees Profits and Success”


How Social Media Impacts Your Businesses Future Financial Growth

Growing your business as a first-time business owner is a challenge that many fail at. Most don’t understand how learning about marketing and how to perform market research helps their business grow instantly. Some people equally fail to recognize the impact that social media can have on their business.

Business owners from all niches miss out on so much potential traffic from not promoting their business on social media. Although there are too many platforms to keep up with, there shouldn’t be one you aren’t on unless its not ideal for your business.

The question becomes which social media platforms are best for your business and how can they impact your business growth?

How Can Instagram Impact Your Business Growth?

Instagram is one of the fastest growing social platforms!

According to Hootsuite, “200 million Instagram users visit at least one business profile daily.” Instagram is image and video based only which is the number one way most social media users would rather consume their content.

Not only do you have the opportunity to reach potential customers through your Instagram feed. But you also have Instagram stories and now Reels which is a great way to fast track your Instagram growth.

Don’t just rely on posting once a week on your businesses Instagram page. The ideal posting rate should be one to two times a day on your IG feed. At least 5-10 times a day on your Instagram stories and one to two times a week on Instagram Reels.

This may seem like a lot of content to post! However, you have potential customers online at different times and you don’t want to miss out on traffic and profits.

Hootsuite statistic about Instagram Stories for your brand

How Can Twitter Impact Your Business Growth?

Twitter is one platform that makes it easy for you to grow on! When I initially began blogging it took me no time to reach 700 followers and I’m now at over 4,000 followers.

While it may seem as if nobody is on Twitter as much as Instagram, your business needs Twitter. Here are a few reasons why:

1. Twitter helps you to be easily found through keywords in your descriptions
2. Twitter users rely on hashtags for their posts to be seen which generates even more traffic to your profile
3. Tweeting about trending topics can get you a front row seat in front of millions of new customers.

You can even take this a step further by using your businesses blog posts to receive new traffic. There are thousands of amazing blog retweet accounts that will put your posts in front of thousands of new customers. One retweet can turn into money in an instant!

If your business doesn’t have a blog (which it needs immediately) then you can also discover quite a few Twitter accounts that retweet small businesses.

Twitter is my favorite social platform that helps you connect with other like-minded business owners and potential customers looking for a business like yours!

Post at least 5 times a day!

quote about supporting others

How Can Facebook Impact Your Business Growth?

While I’m personally not a big fan of Facebook, it is no secret that your business growth can explode by utilizing the social platform.
This is the only social media platform that I feel comes with pros and cons:

The pros:
1. Facebook allows you to reconnect with people you know that may guarantee support and extra shares for your business.
2. Advertising fees on Facebook won’t break the bank.
3. Facebook also now has stories which are great to give behind the scene looks into your business.
4. You can create a designated page for your business which helps your separate from your personal page.

The Cons:
1. The Facebook algorithm can stop your posts from being seen.
2. They can willingly delete your content even if it isn’t harming anyone personally.
3. Their advertising rules are very strict.
4. Your posts won’t be seen immediately after publishing. Some popular posts can be put before your new posts.

Facebook is a great place to establish a community for your tribe of supporters. This community can ultimately drive more support and prioritize your posts to those that like your business page.

Post on your Facebook Business Page at least 3 times a day!

Quote about networking

How Can Pinterest Impact Your Business Growth?

I’ve briefly talked about how Pinterest can significantly impact your blog/business! Although I’m not a pinterest expert I have found some good tips that have helped me gain traffic onto this very blog you’re reading right now!

Pinterest is less of a social media platform, but it is still very vital to your business growth.

Here are a some tips I’ve learned that has helped my business get new traffic and customers:

1. Keywords on Pinterest are everything.
2. Just as with Instagram, Pinterest is image and video driven so those are the best pins to create.

3. Using keywords in your profile description and name also drives more people to discovering your business.
4. Trending topics are a remarkable way to find Pin ideas that relate to your business.
5. Hashtags are equally essential on Pinterest.
6. Beautiful video pins are dominating Pinterest.

My new workbook gives you the run down on how to utilize Pinterest for your business and comes with customizable pins for you to get started!

Post at least 4 times a day!

Quote about business success

These are just a few social media platforms that can provide your business with the growth you desire. While it may seem like a lot of work, it takes dedication to become successful!

Don’t give up and make sure you are giving your business the time it deserves!

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How To Create A Strategy For Your Business That Guarantees Profits and Success

Launching a business or rebranding a business is similar in many ways. During both ventures you’re figuring out the what, who, why and how.The number one problem most business owners run into is having an amazing idea but not knowing the correct questions to ask themselves to bring their new brand/idea to life.

There have been several businesses that has suffered due to diving in without any guidance as to what it takes to establish a strong start. Unfortunately, this has happened to more businesses than many of us recognize. But, your business does not have to suffer the way many do.

Strategy quote

Lee Bolman quote

When taking on starting or rebranding your business it is important for you to understand strategy so that you can market, target and launch successfully. Although this may add more time to your initial launch plan, would you really rather arrive unprepared?

I doubt that you would!

Being thoroughly prepared for your official launch day secures your spot in the money making business category, besides that’s one of the main reasons why you’re starting the business in the first place.

So, what do you need to ensure your business generates profits on launch day and every day after?

1. Know who you’re targeting to.

2. Know how to market to those people.

3. Create a website with the proper imaging, emotion and content that drives those people to buy.

This is where Beginners Business Basics comes in to save the day!

Beginners Business Basics Digital Workbook

Beginners Business Basics is the #1 digital workbook you need to assist you in answering the questions to get you through the stages of starting or rebranding your business. Beginners Business Basics provides you with every tool you need to figure out your ideal customer, begin understanding how to market on social media and understand the content you need for your website.

While its title refers to the basics, you are receiving advance activities and tools to help your business succeed the way you know it should.

Beginners Business Basics will teach you how to:

  • Identify target audience, so that you can successfully market your business
  • Utilize new marketing techniques through social media
  • Create a website with the proper content needed to turn a potential customer into a paying customer
What do you need to know to start a business

What you’ll receive:

  • 3 Pinterest Templates, including 1 video pin, so that you can drive traffic to your site from Pinterest (can generate from hundred to thousands of visitors)
  • Activities to show you how to market your business on social media
  • Tips + Tricks guaranteed to make you sales
  • The ability to work on your workbook from a computer or on the go with your smartphone
Business Pinterest Templates

The old saying goes, the more you know, the more you grow but with Beginners Business Basics, the more you learn, the more you earn!

Profits over potential each and every time!

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6 Critical Tips That Will Instantly Stop You From Being Lazy

Inconsistency and procrastination go hand in hand. They both give us the idea of “not right now” but the more critical question is if not now, then when? Yes! You can lay comfortably in bed all day, scrolling down social media and telling yourself you’ll do it in a minute but you typically know you won’t. The good thing about bad habits is as long as you are willing to change them, you can change them.

How do you change the pattern of inconsistency and procrastination? Here are eight things you can begin doing today that will guide you to getting it done:

1: Doing A Weekly Brain Dump

A brain dump is transferring everything in your head that you need to do, grabbing pen and paper and write it all out. It doesn’t have to be neat or even make sense but it will release the pressure you’re putting on yourself to get it all done. This will not only allow a more clear head space to organize everything but it will also offer you clarity.

Every so often our brain can become so overwhelmed because we never allow it to breathe from our daily chaos. Use a brain dump to release all of your thoughts, everything you need to accomplish and so on.

quote about mental clarity

2: Make Daily To-Do Lists

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, then you know how much I stand by to-do lists. Making a daily to-do list first thing in the morning can keep you on track for the entire day. Many people believe a to-do list has to be long and drawn out but it doesn’t! You can make a list of anything from 4-6+ tasks on your list.

Using those items from your brain dump is great for building a to-do list. This will help you avoid having to think of everything because its already laid out for you to work off of.

The other significant reason to make a to-do list is to give yourself a sense of accomplishment which immediately boosts your mood. Seeing those boxes or tasks get crossed off will make you feel unstoppable.

Try out making a to-do list and knock out those tasks.

Download & print a to-do list template you can use whenever, wherever!

free to-do list template

#3: Create Time Blocks

Time blocks can be an effective tool to utilize when you lack consistency. Time blocks are slots of times set aside to do certain things. If you find yourself saying “I’ll do this in a minute” but you never do it then this is for you.

The best way to set up time blocks is to create alarms for yourself for each task you need to complete that day.

Example: If you stay on social media all day you would simply set aside an hour for social media. Then set the next hour for responding to emails. So on and so forth.

The primary purpose of time blocks is to help you accomplish everything on your to-do list and keep you productive all in a decent amount of time.

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#4: Remove Distractions:

I am guilty of spending way too much time scrolling down Tik Tok when I should be getting out of bed.

You know you do this too!

Well, this is the number one reason why most people find themselves being inconsistent and procrastinating the day away. The time you invest into social media can be put into other tasks that can benefit you long term.

Even if you use social media for your business, you should limit the amount of time you spend posting, responding and engaging with others. This doesn’t mean don’t put the time in for your business, this merely means enforcing a cut off time in place.

Distractions don’t just have to be social media or your phone. It can be the tv, radio, phone calls, etc. Anything that will pull you away from focusing on the task at hand.

This also means creating a clear space for you to work in. Remove any debris and trash that can be distracting you or guiding your mind to be elsewhere.

distractions quote

#5: Surrounding Yourself With Motivation

It’s a well-known fact that the more motivation and inspiration we are surrounded by, the more drive we have to accomplish our goals. This is equally true to hitting the snooze button on your alarm. If you develop a routine that gets you excited to get out of the bed, the easier it becomes to get up.

This isn’t to say you won’t have days where you would rather sleep all day!

To create a morning routine, you should include your shower routine and skincare routine as well as affirmations and uplifting music that puts you in a go getter mindset.

You may not believe this will work but try it out! The more you put this routine into effect the more you will drive yourself to get things done.

Inconsistency comes from the lack of desire to finish what you started, and the best way to stay consistent is to create routines that will eventually discipline you.

hard work quotes

#6: Taking Time Out For You

You may be thinking this will defeat you overcoming inconsistency and procrastination but thats far from the truth. The more you take care of yourself, the more you energy you have to give to other tasks.

Self care isn’t just about facials and relaxing baths but they are about doing things to regenerate your soul. A healthy you goes beyond working out. Your energy, your soul and your peace all go into being healthy. This is why it’s critical to give back to yourself at least one to two times a week.

Treating yourself to a break is the only way you can manage your focus so that you can pour yourself into your passions.

Take a day or two every week to ask yourself what you desire and deliver that to yourself.

Being consistent doesn’t mean you have to exert all of your time into working because fact of the matter is that energy needs restoration.

Self care quote

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The #1 Thing Your Business Is Missing That Is Keeping You From Making Money

If you’re an entrepreneur then you understand the difficulties of marketing and reaching your target customer. At times it doesn’t come down to whether your product is good or bad but more so about the what, why and how of your product. When customers come to your website for the first time, they aren’t only searching for product but wanting to get to know more about the business. Learning more about a person and a business establishes a connection between you and your potential customer.

How do you provide your potential customer information about you and your products? Through blog posts!

A blog is one of the few things you need to have on your website before developing your website. Read more about the other things you need to have before launch/relaunch date.

You may be asking yourself, “why is a blog necessary for my business”?

There is one very important reason to include a blog on your site, even if you’re not a blogger

The #1 Reason A Blog Is Vital To Your Business Growth

Well, just like the blog you’re reading right now, The primary purpose of a blog is to provide valuable information regarding different topics.

As a business owner it is your number one job to keep your customers eyes on your product and ONLY your product. Before your customer even has an opportunity to ask a question, the answer should already be in front of them. This is where your blog comes in handy.

A great example would be if someone stumbled across your product/service through Instagram but didn’t completely understand how they could utilize it. You write a blog post explaining how a potential customer could use it and how it could benefit them. To help your customer easily discover the answer to their question, you name the blog post “How to Use ABCDE and It’s Benefits.” This way even if they google how to use ABCDE your post should pop up in the results.

Now that you understand the “why” of having a blog for your business, you’re probably wondering what will your blog posts be about and the topics you should cover.

Now that you understand the “why” of having a blog for your business, you’re probably wondering what will your blog posts be about?

Blog Post Ideas For Any Business

9 Blog post ideas for any business niche

These are just a few ideas but note that there is always a blog post within a previously written blog post.

The more you break down the how-to’s and benefits for items and services the more of an idea the customer has of why they need your above anyone else’s.

The Summary

  1. Creating a blog for your business can potentially bring in more profits
  2. Blog posts should provide valuable information that drives your potential customer to becoming a customer
  3. Look for ways to create new blog posts from previous blog posts to provide as much value as possible
  4. Always remember that benefits are more valuable than features (but features can also lock in a sale)

What will you do to improve your business?

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4 Tips Every Small Business Owner Should Be Aware Of Before Creating Their Website

Small business owners have it rough! We begin business with little to no money, no real knowledge of marketing and not enough money to hire help. This can cause many small business owners to panic or have them ready to give up. Being the CEO, product maker, website builder, etc. can be a huge work load. Websites typically can present the biggest challenge a small business owner can face. Some have never built a site before, and others aren’t sure of what to include on their site.

Your website is where your customer will land to purchase your product or gather more information on your brand. Information can include who the owner is, what you’re selling, what does it do and how does it work. This is vital information for someone who will become a potential customer. But how do you know what information to provide them with if you’re just starting out?

It’s not as complicated as you may believe!

3 things that every small business needs on its site:

#1: A Blog

More recently, I was searching Instagram for a small business that created press on nails, I discovered a small business that created beautiful nails. After finding the item I wanted to purchase, they asked for your nail size. I had no idea our nails could be labeled under sizes so I went look for a blog post or size chart with how to obtain that information. Unfortunately, I had to leave her site to find how to measure my nail size.

This is a great example of providing information for your customer, so they never think of leaving your site for even a second.

Creating a blog for your small business is a great addition to your website. A blog on your site provides your customers with answers, so they don’t seek anyone else to answer their questions. You can provide your customer with information about your product/service, the benefits of using/having your product, etc.

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#2: High Quality Images

Starting out, small business owners barely have any money to play around with so buying a high-priced camera for the best pictures isn’t always in the budget. Some people may believe this is a set back but that is far from the case.

We live in times where our own phones have just as much capability as some of these higher priced cameras. But how do we utilize them to capture the best pictures for our product?

It all boils down to lighting, angles and experimenting!

Knowing how to use natural lighting or even a ring light in your favor can truly produce magic. You may have to try a photo from every direction possible to see which way to make the light catch your product on its “good side.”

If you are struggling with finding ways to get the best photos, don’t be afraid to experiment with different camera settings to see what works best for your camera.

We live in times where our own phones have just as much capability as some of these higher priced cameras. But how do we use them to take the best pictures for our product?

It all boils down to lighting, angles and experimenting!

Knowing how to use natural lighting or even a ring light in your favor can truly produce magic. You may have to try a photo from every direction possible to see which way to make the light catch your product on it’s “good side”.

If you are struggling with finding ways to get the best photos, don’t be afraid to experiment with different camera settings to see what works best for your camera.

To see beauty is to see light Victor Hugo Quote

#3: Contact/Customer Service

One way to provide great customer service and receive raving reviews is to provide your customer with an easy way to contact you. I know! It sounds like something we should all know but many small business owners miss this part.

Your customer comes your website to obtain information or refers to your FAQ’s but is still left without an answer, that’s when a contact form comes in handy. Creating a contact form for your website builds a bridge from your customer to you!

They now have a direct way to contact you when they need information that has yet to be provided to them.

The key to a contact form is to put that question on a priority list! What do I mean by this? Make sure you give the customer contacting you a time frame of when they should hear back from you. So, having a message that says “I’ll respond in 24 hours” takes away the mystery of when they will receive an answer.

The number one rule to a contact form is to respond by or before the time frame given to your customer. After all, outstanding customer service is what will bring them back for more!

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#4: An About Me Page

An about me page is another vital way to bridge the gap from a business owner and their customer. When someone is coming to your website for the first time the only thing they are aware of is what you’re selling.

However by the time they leave your website they should have learned who you are, what your business is and why you’ve created this business.

This a great start to creating an about me page on your site. Inform the customer of your knowledge on the field your product/service falls under. For example, how long have you been making jewelry? These are things people are curious of when discovering a new brand.

Your about me page doesn’t have to be a full-page essay on your whole life, however it needs to be a brief summary of your expertise and what fueled your passion to be in the business you’re in.

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Reviewing Juvia’s Place #1 Makeup Palettes

Makeup is a product that I hate to love to buy! Not because I don’t love makeup but because it can instantly break the bank. When I first began doing makeup, I started out with a super affordable brand with lower quality products. Today more brands have come about with affordable products and amazing quality. One of those brands that I’ve recently stumbled upon is Juvia’s Place.

Juvia’s Place is a popular brand that several celebs, MUA’s, beauty guru’s swear by. I am a try for myself person, so when I saw that the prices weren’t that bad on their site I had to try them out.

Over the years I have had a big problem finding pigmented palettes that aren’t sixty dollars for a single palette. So, Juvia’s Place was perfect for me!

Juvia's Place Zulu Palette
Juvia's Place Zulu Palette

The first palette that I purchased was the Zulu palette. This palette includes nine shades including three metallic shades. The shadows included in this palette have high pigmentation, smooth and even application. After trying brands with the same price points, I am extremely impressed and excited to have found Juvia’s Place. The pigmentation is comparable to makeup brands with higher price points.

The Second palette that I purchased was The Berries mini palette. This palette is different berry toned shades, hints the name of the palette. The Berries palette includes six shades including two metallic shades. Every shade is highly pigmented, and the pans are a great size for the price.

Zulu Palette Swatches

*These swatches were done without any eye shadow base or primer*

Juvia's Place Zulu Palette swatches
Juvia's Place Zulu Palette swatches

The Berries Palette

*These swatches were done without any eye shadow base or primer*

Juvia's Place The berries palette swatches
Juvia's Place The Berries Palette swatches

Juvia’s Place will come to be one of my go-to brands for excellent quality for great prices. I can’t wait to purchase more from Juvia’s Place.

I also used these palettes for a Get Ready With Me video that I filmed for my YouTube channel!!

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3 Of The Best Ways To Learn More About Who You Are While You’re Still In Quarantine

Life as we know it has been interfered with in a significant way. COVID-19 has taken over our lives and for most of us has caused us with more losses than wins, not only financially but mentally. Being blocked from so many of the luxuries we formerly had has personally affected my mental health. Which has also left me questioning my purpose while also wanting to use this time to reconnect with myself.

Over the years, I have lacked a sense of whom I am. My life had become hectic, my home was chaotic and I never had a moment for myself. These things caused me to drift away from my vision and I stopped loving myself. All of this has shown me there is no better time than now to reconnect, and I’m sharing with you guys exactly how I did it!

#1: Deep Cleaning Your Life

At the start of this global pandemic, I went through a major break through. After someone attempting to hurt me, I knew it was time for me to cleanse my life of all negative things.

I started by cleansing my home from top to bottom. This meant deep cleaning the walls, baseboards, windows, etc. then smudging my home from any negative energy that lingered.

Once I got my home completely cleaned, I got rid of EVERYTHING connected to things that no longer served me or made me happy. Including any gifts or items given to me by people that produced negative energy into my life. (A VERY NECESSARY STEP!)

To move past what happened to me I allowed myself to cry, I talked about it aloud and began journaling again so that I could clearly see my feelings and begin to release them.

#2: Focus More On Yourself And Your Needs

I have always been someone who has committed more time to others than I have for myself. Although this was a hard habit to break, it had to be done. The moment you begin asking yourself what it is you desire and want, you instantly begin feeling connected to yourself.

Not only can you identify goals and desires, but you can fully focus on how to get those things. It doesn’t matter if it’s a material thing or even if you’re merely in need of healing, identify those things, then go obtain them.

Another extraordinary way to focus more on yourself is taking time for self-care. You hear people talking about self-care all the time but it is vital to connecting with yourself.

Self-care is different for everyone. It doesn’t have to be taking a bath or doing a facial. Self-care can be moments of meditation, taking some time to watch a show or movie you’ve been putting off or even just a solo dance party to break all the tension in your body loose. Whatever self-care means to you, make sure you take time for it!

#3: Say “NO’ And Stop Picking Up The Phone

As I previously stated, I am a person that you can always count onto come through for you. So much so, that I would put things that I needed/wanted to do on the back burner to help others out. This has to stop! I knew I had to teach myself how to say “NO.”

I have immediately put this into effect!

If I have something that I desire to do, that comes before anything else. I stopped allowing people to take advantage of my time, no matter who they were.

After realizing how important my mental health and my goals were to me, I knew it was time to be there for myself before anyone else.

Another thing I began implementing is tapping or swiping that red phone icon! When I am taking time for myself whether I’m journaling, sewing, or engaging in a personal conversation with me, I become unavailable to anyone else.

You don’t have to constantly make yourself available for every call! Take time for yourself whenever you require it and don’t apologize for doing so!

These three tactics have truly helped me to reconnect and learn more about myself. I’ve also come to be a reliable friend to me!

Take some time out of every week to speak to your inner self, see what it is you really desire out of life and what you can get rid of that no longer serves you.

Your future self will thank you for it!

*Quick Note: I know you guys are probably wondering where I have been but I have been dealing with quite a bit of things including up-keeping my businesses during this crucial time. If you have been missing me I have been uploading regularly on my YouTube channel.*

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  3. Lastly I have been working on rebranding my clothing brand Grand ERA,Inc. I am working super hard to bring comfortable but luxury pieces that can be worn anywhere by ANY BODY! No size discrimination over here! Stay tuned for more updates!

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Bare & Free Beauty Vegan Skin Care Review

As an entrepreneur/small business owner it is hard to make it in a world where popularity rules all. Unfortunately, there are so many small businesses that go unsupported even if their product is worth it.

It’s important to me to show support and love to small businesses which pushed me to want to create a way for small businesses to be seen, so I created Grand ERA Magazine and in the first issue gave all of the small businesses featured, free ad space. One of the incredible businesses that was featured was Bare & Free Beauty.

Bare and Free Beauty is a cruelty free, vegan skincare brand created by Alanna Paige. After seeing the hard work and love that is poured into her products I knew I had to try it for myself.

I am very picky with products that I use on my skin but I bit the bullet and went for it since it is Paraben free, vegan, gluten free, silicone free, Eco friendly, carcinogen free, etc.

Bare & Free Vegan skincare Detoxifying Charcoal mask

I wanted to purchase something I knew I would get good use out of so I chose the detoxifying charcoal mask. The detoxifying charcoal mask is made with activated charcoal and Kaolin clay. Activated Charcoal assists in removing toxins while Kaolin clay eliminates excess oils in the skin. On top of it being made with incredible ingredients, it smells heavenly!


Trying on Bare & Free Beauty vegan skincare

The directions says to apply to clean skin and leave for 10-20 minutes. Once complete rinse thoroughly with warm water.

After rinsing the mask my skin felt hydrated and smooth! I love masks that tighten your face, like a temporary face lift. Not only does my face feel refresh, but it appears brighter. After trying this a few times, I will incorporate it into my normal skincare routine.

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A Beginners Guide To Overcoming The Affects Of Childhood Trauma And How You Can Work On It Everyday

Traumatic experiences from our childhood has shaped us into the adults we are today. We deal with sadness, loneliness, depression and even anxiety due to these experiences. How do we overcome these traumas so we aren’t holding on to the pain for the rest of our lives?

While there are many ways to confront our past, the most important way is to do the work.

This work can include going to therapy, confronting those who have hurt you or even writing it out.

Each of these are great ways to begin your healing journey, but why?

Going To Therapy

Therapy is a great way to feel safe if you don’t have a close family member to talk to. A lot of people may believe that therapy doesn’t work but its like venting to a friend. When something happens to you, the first person you call is your best friend to tell them about it. Being able to vent makes you feel as if that anger or frustration is gone. This is why therapy is great for those who don’t have anyone to turn to about their traumatic experiences. That opportunity to pour out your pain will go from a nightmare to the greatest decision you’ve made. Find a therapist, a friend, etc. that you feel comfortable with sharing your hurt.

we repeat what we don't repair. Motivational quotes

Confronting Those Who Hurt You

Confronting the people that have hurt you can be one of the greatest reliefs you’ll ever feel. But there is more that goes into it than wanting to find that person and telling them the pain they’ve caused you. Before doing this, you have to heal yourself mentally. While that pain will never go away, going into a conversation with anger will lead to trouble. So, clear your heart of any anger you have towards this person before proceeding to talk to them. This doesn’t mean you won’t still be in pain or even ready to fight but your mind will be able to make a conscious decision.

communication quote
motivational quote

Write It Out

Writing it all out is another great way to release that pain and anger you’ve held on to. When I was a little girl, I went through so much hurt and having no one to talk to led me to pouring my pain into writing. I wrote down how I felt, who caused these feelings and how I can move on from those feelings. This was a lot to deal with at such a young age but I got it out. If you are afraid to see a therapist or have no one to talk your problems out with then turn to pen and paper. The best thing for you to do after crying over those words and smearing the ink is to burn those feelings. While this won’t cure the pain it will give you a sense of relief.

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motivational quotes

Working through our trauma will never be easy. There are going to be several steps that may take years. But, be willing to make it past the past so you can have a better future.

Hanging on to that pain only stops you from being able to move forward. So, whatever you do be willing to do the work.


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The 3 Powerful Steps You’ll Never Guess That You Need To Take To Make Your Ultimate Dreams A Reality

Life is a roller coaster, one-day things can be going great and then the rest of your year can be complete chaos. We all have goals, ambitions, and dreams we have yet to accomplish. There are also, a hand full of reasons why certain things in our lives don’t work out the way we desire.

I’ve been going through this for a very long time!

Having plans or goals is an ideal way to create a vision of what we want to be, do or see in life.

While this is the best way to figure out what it is you want and the steps it takes to get there, is this enough?

I’ve always envisioned being a fashion designer to the celebs and people all over the world, building an empire, etc. But what did I do to help myself begin to take the steps in this direction?


I know I’m not the only one that has procrastinated and made up reasons as to why we haven’t started doing something. This was what I did until I forced myself to stop and begin taking these 3 actionable steps to begin doing everything I want to do:

#1: Just Do It!

Nike didn’t make this their slogan for no reason! Excuses may make you feel as if you have a logical reason why you haven’t started anything but it’s merely holding you back. That chore list you’ve been putting off, that job you want to go after but you doubt yourself. These things will remain ideas until you finally bite the bullet and JUST DO IT!

I wanted to start making YouTube videos when I was about thirteen, but I told myself I needed a professional camera, perfect lighting and the proper editing tools. What I was really doing was keeping me from something that could have excelled my career. Fast forward to 2020, I have not only begun my YouTube channel but I’m putting out consistent videos every Wednesday. I film with my phone and use an app to edit my videos; I don’t use any special equipment! When you make excuses, you block opportunities!

So, Just do it!

Quote about excuses

#2: Take A Class

My favorite thing about the internet is you don’t need to take out a loan or drop thousands of dollars on classes. So many online courses can teach you more about your desire career path. I’ve completed courses on everything from blogging to makeup that I’ve found on Groupon. I’m taking a course right now about social media marketing even after completing an internship on the same topic. You can never know too much about one topic. Taking an inexpensive online course provides you with the knowledge you may need to bring you closer to making your dream a reality.

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#3: Don’t Allow Your Environment To Hold You Back

Getting caught up on what is or isn’t happening in your life is a MAJOR distraction! Not only do you have to worry about self-distractions but you also have to deal with the others distracting you. I’ve been surrounded by people who enjoy causing others to be miserable because they are. These people will try to block you from focusing on your dreams and if you allow them they will continue to do so. We have to learn to distance ourselves from these types of behaviors and take back control of your life and your future.

Quote about distractions

These are the actionable steps that I have put into place for myself and have helped me to keep myself on top of my goals/dreams.

I know life can throw curve balls, trust me I have been dealing with them all my life! At some point in time, we have to look at whats best for ourselves mentally and physically and even for our futures.

Do what it takes! Go after all the things you want TODAY!

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3 Of The Best Affordable Natural Skincare Products You Can Use On Your Entire Body

Getting older has helped me realize just how important skincare really is. Fortunately for me my skin is currently in excellent condition, but as well know every good thing requires up-keeping.

I previously told you guys about my love for natural skincare; natural skincare is the number one thing that has helped me maintain my baby soft skin to this day.

Not only does a great skincare routine help you to achieve radiant skin long term but it also assists you with flawless makeup application.

Another critical step to great skin and makeup application is your moisturizer! Moisturizing your skin is the only way to keep your skin from being super dry and remaining youthful.

I’ve put together a list of my favorite things to use to keep your skin bright, youthful and glowing at all times of the day for all seasons.

#1: Natural Shea Butter

Shea butter is thick and creamy. It works best for me during the colder seasons because of how dry my skin becomes. If you have dry skin this is 100% for you! Shea butter can be used on your entire body, face and hair.

OKAY Pure Naturals African Shea Butter
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Important note: A little goes a long way!

#2: Tree Hut Shea Body Butter

I came across this product at Walmart, I picked it up, smelled it and instantly bought 3 because the smell was just that amazing. When I ran out, I went back to the store and they no longer carried this scent in ANY store. I was hurt! Until I found it on Amazon! This body butter is my all time favorite! Its beyond moisturizing, leaves your skin silky and again THE SMELL!!! The weight of this product when applied makes it great for all 4 seasons.

Try My favorite scent in Tropical mango! It will have you looking and smelling bomb all day long!

Tree Hut Shea Body Butter
Let’s not forget the undeniable price point!

#3: All Natural Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is another moisturizer that gives your skin a natural glow. Since it is an oil, its best for oily skin. I know that sounds backwards but because oils are lightweight it makes it the ideal moisturizer for people that need a lighter product. Just as with Shea butter, coconut oil can be used on all parts of your body, face and hair.

OKAY 100% Pure Coconut Oil Skin and hair moirturizer
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Note: A little goes a long way!


If you need natural moisturizers that give you the result of youthful, glowing, healthy and moisturized skin, I highly suggest using one of these affordable products.

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5 Easy Steps To Measuring Your Body For The Perfect Fit Clothing Using A Measuring Tape

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Have you ever found yourself flipping through a rack of clothes attempting to find your size? Or wasn’t sure of what size to get while online shopping? This I can relate to! The number one problem I’ve had since I was twelve years old was finding the perfect sized jeans, skirt and sometimes even a dress. My hips being bigger than my waist, even at a young age, forced me to put more holes in my belts to help my pants fit better. It was the most annoying thing EVER!

It wasn’t until I began making my own clothing that I had clothes that fit my frame perfectly!

So, how do you know what size is best for your body, especially when shopping online?

Those handy-dandy size charts that you see on every clothing site!

As a fashion designer, I can’t stress enough how important it is to know your measurements. Now, I’m sure you’re asking yourself “how do I find my measurements?

It’s super easy!

Here’s what you’ll need:

1. A close friend/family member to take your measurements for you
2. A measuring tape (you can find these at your local dollar store, Walmart in the sewing aisle or you can get this super inexpensive one from the comfort of your own home.)
3. Your body


Measurements you NEED to know:

  1. Your bust
  2. Your waist
  3. Your hips
  4. Your arm circumference & length (for sleeves)

How To Measure:

  1. Your Bust: The easiest way to measure your bust is to know what size bra you wear. For example: I wear a 34, so I know that my bust measurement is 34 inches.
How to measure your bust

2. Your Waist: IMPORTANT NOTE!!! YOUR WAIST IS NOT AT YOUR LOWER ABDOMEN!!! To measure your waist, your family member/friend will stretch the measuring tape around the center of your abdomen. Begin at the first notch on the measuring tape then bring around your waist until it reaches all the way around your waist. The number that the first notch meets is your waist size.

How to measure your waist

3. Your Hips: Have your friend/family member wrap the measuring tape around the middle of your butt, and follow the same instructions as your waist to get your hip size.

How to measure your hips

4. Your Arm circumference: Using the same method as your hips and waist, have your friend/family member wrap the measuring tape around your upper arm (the thickest part of your arm).

How to measure your arm circcumference

5. Your Arm Length: This is pretty simple! Take the measuring tape (keeping it straight) from the top of your shoulder all the way down to the tip-top of your hand.

How to measure your arm length

Knowing these numbers are vital to making sure your clothing fits your body the way they should!

You’ll never have to worry about clothing being too big or small ever again!

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New York Fashion Week Fall 2020 Ready To Wear Risky Trends Celebrities Will be Wearing

Nicole Miller

With a rock-n-royalty theme, fashion designer Nicole Miller created a runway show full of rock-inspired attire. Models wore faux fur coats, large floral prints, leopard trousers and leather. Mixing androgyny and femininity, Miller truly put together a show that every girl would want right off the runway!

Nicole Miller New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 Ready To Wear
Nicole Miller New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 Ready To Wear
Nicole Miller New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 Ready To Wear
Nicole Miller New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 Ready To Wear
Nicole Miller New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 Ready To Wear
Nicole Miller New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 Ready To Wear


Nicky Zimmermann’s New York Fashion Week runway show played with luck and femininity. Silk dresses were printed on with the positive superstitious words like clairvoyant, magic, and more. Model also wore ruffles (some floral printed) and velvet in Sapphire and other jewel tones.

Zimmermann New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 ready to wear
Zimmermann New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 ready to wear
Zimmermann New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 ready to wear
Zimmermann New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 ready to wear
Zimmermann New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 ready to wear
Zimmermann New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 ready to wear
Zimmermann New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 ready to wear

Alice + Olivia

Fashion designer, Stacey Bendet always has an eye for what women really want! She pulled it off again at her Fall/Winter 2020 New York Fashion Week show. Designing for every powerful boss babe, Bendet’s show was filled with power suits in brocade prints, bold pops of red and yellows, camouflage and mixed prints. This collection displays a strong sense of femininity for every woman.

Alice + Olivia by designer Stacey Bendet at New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 Ready To wear show
Alice + Olivia by designer Stacey Bendet at New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 Ready To wear show
Alice + Olivia by designer Stacey Bendet at New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 Ready To wear show
Alice + Olivia by designer Stacey Bendet at New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 Ready To wear show
Alice + Olivia by designer Stacey Bendet at New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 Ready To wear show
Alice + Olivia by designer Stacey Bendet at New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 Ready To wear show
Alice + Olivia by designer Stacey Bendet at New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 Ready To wear show

Naeem Khan

Paying homage to his former mentor Halston, Naeem Khan put on a show that embraces his love for detail. He wanted to create a timeless collection that could be passed down from one generation to the next. Models walked in hand embroidered and beaded form fitting gowns as well as several statement pieces celebrities will be dying to wear on the red carpet.

Naeem Khan New York Fashion Week Fall/WInter 2020 Ready To Wear show
Naeem Khan New York Fashion Week Fall/WInter 2020 Ready To Wear show
Naeem Khan New York Fashion Week Fall/WInter 2020 Ready To Wear show
Naeem Khan New York Fashion Week Fall/WInter 2020 Ready To Wear show
Naeem Khan New York Fashion Week Fall/WInter 2020 Ready To Wear show
Naeem Khan New York Fashion Week Fall/WInter 2020 Ready To Wear show
Naeem Khan New York Fashion Week Fall/WInter 2020 Ready To Wear show

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Fall/Winter 2020 Ready To Wear Trends From New York Fashion Week Shows

Christian Siriano

Inspired by the bad ass-ness of DC’s Birds of Prey front woman, Harley Quinn. Christian Siriano gave Harley Quinn a glam twist without losing her true essence. Large brimmed hats, silk, sequins and glamorous sculptured gowns were front and center on Siriano’s New York Fashion Week runway.

Christian Siriano New York Fashion Week RTW Fall 2020
Christian Siriano New York Fashion Week RTW Fall 2020
Christian Siriano New York Fashion Week RTW Fall 2020
Christian Siriano New York Fashion Week RTW Fall 2020
Christian Siriano New York Fashion Week RTW Fall 2020
Christian Siriano New York Fashion Week RTW Fall 2020
Coca Rocha walking in Christian Siriano New York Fashion Week RTW Fall 2020
Christian Siriano New York Fashion Week RTW Fall 2020

Tadashi Shoji

Mixing faux-fur and metallic floral prints were at the forefront of Tadashi Shoji’s New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 ready to wear show. He elegantly mixed draping and laces against hard fabrics, while including the pantone color of the year within the makeup. Tadashi Shoji proves why he is one of my favorites, year after year!

Tadashi Shoji New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 RTW
Tadashi Shoji New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 RTW
Tadashi Shoji New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 RTW
Tadashi Shoji New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 RTW
Tadashi Shoji New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 RTW
Tadashi Shoji New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 RTW
Tadashi Shoji New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 RTW

Tom Ford

The only designer to take New York Fashion Week to Los Angeles, none other than the tailoring genius, Tom Ford! Keeping with the theme of location, Tom Ford merged the idea of LA Street wear and Hollywood glam together to create a runway every woman will desire. The return of denim with patchwork, tie-dye and sweatpants you’ll want to grab right off the model, walked the runway. It wouldn’t be a Tom Ford show if there weren’t a few beautiful tailored blazers included!

Tom Ford New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 RTW
Tom Ford New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 RTW
Tom Ford New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 RTW
Tom Ford New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 RTW
Tom Ford New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 RTW
Tom Ford New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 RTW
Tom Ford New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 RTW

Brandon Maxwell

Inventing his own idea of luxe sportswear was Brandon Maxwell’s main motivation. Creating pieces that are made to last, Maxwell incorporated sexy bandeaus, biker jackets, leather and liquid like silk. These pieces are timeless and great for seasons beyond Fall/Winter 2020.

Brandon Maxwell New York fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 RTW
Brandon Maxwell New York fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 RTW
Brandon Maxwell New York fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 RTW
Brandon Maxwell New York fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 RTW
Brandon Maxwell New York fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 RTW
Brandon Maxwell New York fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 RTW

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2020 Oscars Red Carpet Best Dressed Celebrities

The 2020 Oscars red carpet was more diverse than their nominees, AGAIN! However there were a ton of stars that decided to step out anyway to celebrate with their fellow actors/actresses.

The Oscars is the number one award show to out your most glam foot forward. While other award shows this season like the 2020 Grammys didn’t have the best red carpet, the Oscars red carpet made up for that!

Hailee Steinfeld 2020 Oscars Red Carpet
Hailee Steinfeld wearing Ralph & Russo at the 2020 Oscars
Mindy Kaling on the 2020 Oscars Red Carpet
Mindy Kaling wearing Dolce & Gabanna at the 2020 Oscars
Scarlett Johansson on the 2020 Oscars Red Carpet
Scarlett Johansson wearing Oscar De La Renta at the 2020 Oscars

Molly Sims on the 2020 Oscars Red Carpet
Molly Sims wearing Zuhair Murad at the 2020 Oscars
Cynthia Erivo on the 2020 Oscars Red Carpet
Cynthia Erivo wearing Atelier Versace at the 2020 Oscars
Geena Davis on the 2020 Oscars Red Carpet
Geena Davis wearing Romona Keveza at the 2020 Oscars
Regina King on the 2020 Oscars Red Carpet
Regina King wearing Versace at the 2020 Oscars
Janelle Monae on the 2020 Oscars Red Carpet
Janelle Monae wearing Ralph Lauren at the 2020 Oscars
Sandra Oh on the 2020 Oscars Red Carpet
Sandra Oh wearing Elie Saab Haute Couture at the 2020 Oscars
Zazie Beetz on the 2020 Oscars Red Carpet
Zazie Beetz wearing Thom Browne at the 2020 Oscars

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SAG Awards 2020: The Best Red Carpet Looks

Awards season 2020 is in full effect as we travel to the next stop on this glamorous journey to the SAG Awards. This time around we‘re covering the silver carpet!

If you missed the red-carpet arrivals as they happened, we saw the cast of Stranger Things reunite. You may have also missed Jennifer Lopez prove yet again why she is the queen of every red carpet.

Don’t worry!

I’ve gathered together every fashionable moment that you have to see!

2020 SAG Awards Silver Carpet

Amanda Brugel SAG Awards 2020
Amanda Brugel wearing Sebastian Gunawan
Cynthia Erivo Sag Awards 2020
Cynthia Erivo wearing custom Schiaparelli
JLO SAG Awards 2020
JLO wearing Georges Hobeika
Millie Bobby Brown SAG Awards 2020
Millie Bobby Brown wearing Louis Vuitton
Lupita Nyongo SAG Awards 2020
Lupita Nyongo wearing Louis Vuitton
Logan Browning SAG Awards 2020
Logan Browning wearing Jason Wu
Nathalie Emmanuel SAG Awards 2020
Nathalie Emmanuel wearing Miu Miu
Julia Butters SAG Awards 2020
Julia Butters wearing DSquared2
Joey King SAG Awards 2020
Joey King wearing Jason Wu
Camila Mendes SAG Awards 2020
Camila Mendes wearing Ralph and Russo
Natalia Dyer SAG Awards 2020
Natalia Dyer wearing Saint Laurent
Danai Gurira SAG Awards 2020
Danai Gurira wearing Mugler
Scarlett Johansson SAG Awards 2020
Scarlett Johansson wearing Armani Prive
Margot Robbie SAG Awards 2020
Margot Robbie wearing Chanel

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5 Size Inclusive Fashion Companies For Every Body

The fashion industry for years was a place where most people that didn’t have blonde hair, blue eyes and a smaller frame felt under-represented. Every Victoria’s Secret and New York Fashion Week show had the same models strutting down the runway every year. 

As someone who believes in the uniqueness of all bodies, I can say I was one of those people who both loved and hated the fashion industry. 

It wasn’t until late 2018 that we began to see several runways with shapely models and while there is still so much progression that needs to be made, I’m thrilled that we are taking strides in the right direction. There are currently thousands of clothing sites that are focusing on the desires of all people. 

I’ve put together a list of five established and smaller brands that cater to every body and inspires us all to love and appreciate ourselves for all that we are no matter the number on our clothing!

Savage X Fenty

A lingerie and sleep collection that ensures comfortability and fearless sexuality for every size! This amazing company was created by a woman we all adore and admire, Rihanna! Savage x Fenty has everything from teddys, panties, bras and bedroom accessories for us all to enjoy.

Savage X means making your own rules and expressing your mood, character and style for you—not for someone else.”


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Created by the incredible Natonya Medford, SheIconic is a movement that promotes body positivity and celebrates ALL stylish women! She recently released her very own collection of tees and hoodies that lets the world know just how iconic we all really are! Most of the sizes range anywhere from XS-4XL!

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Pretty Little Thing

A company we’ve all either heard of or shopped at! Pretty Little Thing is an awesome site with many options from casual to cocktail wear. Not only do they have an amazing range of clothing types they have clothing for women with curves, women who are taller and even petite women. Sizes range from 0-22.

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Grind To Shine

Grind To Shine is a great street and athletic wear company with an empowering message. Their vision is to encourage people all around the world, letting them know that if you work towards a goal you must work as hard as you can to make your vision a reality. Not only do they have an empowering message they have incredibly strong women at the forefront of their brand! Their clothing ranges anywhere from XS-4XL.

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Grand ERA, Inc.

Grand ERA, Inc. is a made-to-order clothing line that focuses on making every woman feel and look like the best version of themselves. They choose made-to-order clothing options to ensure that every piece is made specifically for the woman ordering it and fits the way she desires. With options to get anything from a formal piece to a casual piece created especially for you. Grand ERA will take your vision and bring it to life. They have no size range because every single size and shape is catered to directly.

read more about how Grand ERA, Inc. got started here!

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Please always remind yourself that no matter what size you are, you are worthy of feeling your best! Don’t allow what others are wearing to impact you in a negative way and always practice self love!

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2020 Golden Globes Best Celebrity Red Carpet Looks

Last night the Golden Globes 2020 kicked off in Beverly Hills, California. While the Golden Globes began this award season, I can say we are already off to a rocky start. The red carpet looks weren’t consistent with the luxury tone of the evening.

Although she was late for the Golden Globes, Beyonce still showed up with one of the most talked about looks for all of the five-seconds they showed her on screen.

With that being said let’s get into some of the best Golden Globes red carpet looks that actually caught my eye:

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billy porter
Billy Porter wearing Alex Vinash
Sofia Carson wearing Giambattista Valli
joey king
Joey King wearing Iris Van Herpen
priyank chopra
Priyanka Chopra wearing Cristina Ottaviano
Ana De Armas wearing Ralph & Russo
cynthia erivo
Cynthia Erivo wearing Thom Browne
taylor swift
Taylor Swift wearing Etro
jeannie mai
Jeannie Mai wearing Elisabetta Franchi
Jennifer Lopez wearig Valentino
kerry washington
Kerry Washington wearing Altuzzara
Zoey Deutch wearing Fendi

Red and soft pink gowns, sequins and feathers were the Golden Globes 2020 top red carpet trends!

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The New #1 Way To Advertise Your Small Business In The New Year

If you follow me on Twitter, then you know that the number one thing I inspire others to do is to create the opportunities others won’t provide them! This has become my motto for enduring this life because I’ve noticed that successful people rarely give you the chance to prove yourself. This urged me to develop something that would not only bring my creative vision to life but to give others the rare opportunities no one else will.

This is how I accomplished my long dream of having my own magazine!

There are so many small businesses, writers, artists, designers and models that will never get the chance to be seen because they don’t fit what most companies would consider worthy. This is how my dream came about!

When I was a young girl reaching out to people to model for them or design for them I never got the chance to. At this point in my life, I’ve accepted that maybe those opportunities weren’t for me until I began to see a pattern. I wasn’t being chosen so I decided to choose myself and other dreamers just like me.

Dreamers are those with passions, desires and visions not many can see. Those who work hard and go after goals on their own when no one else gives them the opportunity.

My number one goal is to give everyone an opportunity and a chance to be seen!

Grand ERA Magazine is not just for me but for everyone like me with hopes, desires and ambition. Going into 2020 with the mindset that nothing is impossible because if you can reach out to someone else for an ad space for your business, you can always count on Grand ERA Magazine!

Grand ERA magazine Jan. 2020

This issue is filled with amazing articles from dreamers and ads from incredible small businesses! Find something you like? Shop with the advertised small businesses on the spot!

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The Ultimate Guide To Dressing Confidently For Your New Year Party

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The decade has officially come to an end! It’s time to celebrate surviving the craziness and chaos of our lives for yet another year. 2020 begins in just a few days, and I’m both unprepared and prepared to go into it in a glam way! Although I don’t typically attend any parties for the New Year, I enjoy dressing up and staying in the house watching all the fun on TV.

We all know its about how you bring in the new year! No one wants to walk into the new year feeling down so we dress up and put on our biggest smiles! I for one will be beyond enthusiastic for the official launch of my magazine which you can learn more about here. Going into the New Year with a cheerful attitude is the best way to make sure your year will head in the promising direction.

Looking great and feeling confident is what pours into our moods so to make sure we are feeling our best we have to look our best! I put together a look book for everyone who has no idea what they’ll be wearing to their New Years gatherings!

For The Lover Of Sparkle

For The Lover Of The Unique

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Whatever you decide to wear this New Year, remember to be confident and kind to yourself! We are all uniquely beautiful and deserve to feel that way!

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The Ultimate Guide For Saving Money On Your Last Minute Christmas Gift Shopping

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Gift giving is one of the hardest tasks one can take on around the holidays. Very few times do you come across someone who possesses a list of items they’ve been eyeing which causes us to figure it out on our own.

A great gift begins with focusing on the persons like/dislikes, their needs as well as what they desire to achieve in their career. But what happens when you’re still at a lost for ideas and have little time left to buy? Begin scouring the internet for ideas and quick shipment methods without a high price tag! My go to sites to get the most for my money is Rakuten and Amazon.


You’ve seen me talk about how amazing Rakuten is, but if you aren’t aware its one of my favorites because they divide things up into categories which helps to narrow down exactly what you are looking for.

Categories on the Rakuten App

Here’s How it Works:

1. Download the app or go to the site.
2. Tap the menu and click on categories.
3. Select the category that best fits the person you’re looking for.
(There’s also a specific category for gifts!)

From there it will show you store’s applicable to what you’re seeking for and the percentage of cash back you can receive just from shopping at those stores. I don’t know about you guys but being able to make money back from shopping I already need to do is something I’m into! Rakuten will also show you all valid coupon codes you can use within each store.

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Amazon is a site we’ve all grown to shop at frequently and love! But not many know how to get the best items for great prices. I use Amazon everyday! Yes, every day! It is the best place to shop to discover high quality affordable gifts. Personally, I’ve purchased Makeup, makeup brushes, technology, clothing, accessories, etc. from Amazon.

One of the most beneficial features that Amazon has is Amazon Prime which is perfect for us last minute shoppers because it guarantees us free two-day shipping on a unlimited number of products. This makes it easy for us to find the ultimate gift and receive it before its time to exchange gifts with our family and friends.

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Apply These 4 Simple Tips To Take Full Control Of Your Life Right Now

Our entire lives we go through different traumatic experiences that overtime can break us down and take us out of character. Whether it be someone in your family or just a situation that brings you to a low point. As we continue to grow older, we realize that at some point we have to take a step back and say enough is enough! Being twenty-five years old now I can clearly identify my feelings, place a name on them and pinpoint the source of the problem. There have been moments when I have been extremely angry I searched for ways to hurt myself to get away from the life and people I had. It wasn’t until yesterday (Yes, I said yesterday.) that I noticed the damage I allowed other people and things to cause in my life simply because I continued forgiving.

As people, we feel it is our responsibility to forgive people that have continuously caused us pain or forgive situations that we didn’t ask to be placed into but that’s, not the case. With every problem comes a lesson that we must take away to learn what to do to not to end up in that certain situation again. Taking control of your life and the situations that happen within your life is the only way to truly walk away with your spirit still in tact. Here are four things I will begin to do to take control of my life:

1. Forgive from a distance

Not everyone deserves your presence or your voice! Learning that forgiveness doesn’t need to take place with a conversation with the person you are forgiving marks the first step to taking control of your life. I have dealt with controlling people my entire life; everybody from the person that assisted in my conception to another relative of mine have controlled many situations that I was put in. The thing that I learned yesterday was you don’t have to like them to forgive them! You don’t have to come to terms with the way they treated you to forgive them, you’re forgiving them for yourself so that those negative thoughts and feelings towards those people that hurt you no longer have to exist. Take control of your life by forgiving those people and situations ONLY for yourself!

Forgive Others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace -Jonathan ockwood Huie

2. Accepting Yourself For Who You Are

This is the most important thing you can do in not only taking control of your life but providing yourself with the life you deserve. There is no way for us to go about our daily life or even chase after our dreams if we are not at peace and in love with whom we are! Accepting yourself begins with how we treat and speak about ourselves because positive self talk is important in self-development. Especially as women we never feel we are good enough, and that must change in order to make it anywhere in this life. Believe in yourself and watch what it does to your confidence and spirit.

Self Love is the greatest middle finger of all time! -Anonymous


3. Chasing After Our Dreams

As a big dreamer I can say I haven’t had the easiest time making it in this life. I have been knocked me down more times than I can count but as a big dreamer and lover of seeing others flourish I know that in order for me to make it I have to fully believe I can. All of us have a unique talent that deserves to be seen and sitting back, waiting has never been the answer to going after your dream, after all its referred to as chasing your dreams for a reason! Take control of your life by creating the opportunity and going after the opportunity instead of waiting for that phone call or email. So, get organized, write out your desires and fight until you make it!

Sometimes life is about risking everyhting for a dream no one can see but you -Anonymous

4. Don’t Take “NO” For An Answer

I know I’m not the only one that has been rejected or told we can’t do anything because of blah, blah, blah! How many times were you told that and you actually believed it? As perfect as it would be, life isn’t life if we don’t run into a few people who don’t believe in our personal capabilities but what do we do after we walk away from that situation? Let it get to us, get us angry, make us cry, etc. NO! I learned that in order to accept the cards that life gives you, don’t accept the cards that life gives you. I know that sounds crazy! But read it again! Just because something is placed within your life, doesn’t mean it’s meant to stay in your life. Let go of whatever you need to, to help clear your vision so you are able to see the bigger picture and get to your desired destination. Life is like a windshield, the more rain you are able to clear off, the more you‘re able to see through the darkness. Clean your windows and take control of your journey!

I'm going after all the things I was once afraid of because I hear so many "No's" so I'm taking my yes! -Erica Raquel

These are four things that I am implementing into my life immediately, especially as we enter into 2020! Don’t let anything, or anyone steers you off of your desired path with their negativity, don’t let anyone take you from yourself! Let‘s take control of our lives in EVERY aspect and shine as bright as we are supposed to!


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Three Of The Best Ways To Enhance Your Morning Routine And Have A Productive 24 Hours

When I was younger and it was time to get ready for the school day I remember waking up to chaos and fussing. These memories are forever stuck with me and inspired me to begin my days as an adult very differently.

Every day we produce a list of things we want or need to get done on top of having to go to work. Many of us tend to be heavy on our snooze buttons and drag our feet to our coffee mugs to set out on our day. Even as adults aren’t prepared to face the day to day routine. How do we improve this?

By adjusting our morning routine so that we have a positive and productive twenty-four hours. Here are three ways you can adjust to having better mornings.

1. Listening To Music

Music is a great pick me up, especially on days when you would really rather stay in bed. Not only can music persuade you to move but it helps create a positive atmosphere. I would suggest staying away from loud, sad or aggressive music when you first wake up as that can quickly shift your mood in a negative manner. Listen to something with an uplifting message on a lower volume, lets all try to avoid migraines first thing in the morning.

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. Plato

2. Setting Daily Goals

Starting your day by writing goals can generate a sense of direction for the day and inspire you to get things done. Start off with three small goals and one major goal that you wish to accomplish. I’ve created a free printable for you guys to use that will help put you on the right path.


Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing. Sylvia Plath


3. Positive Self Talk

I recently wrote a post all about positive self talk which you can check out here. Turn your morning hygiene routine into a positive self talk monologue or create a mantra for you to say to yourself each day. Make sure this mantra consists of something positive about yourself and always close it out with “Today will be a fantastic day!”. This also boosts your mind and your mindset.

Once your mindset changes, everything else will fall into place!

Applying these three easy methods encourages us to wake up in a pleasant mood while carrying out this same mood through the day. Do what you need to do to make yourself feel better because we all deserve happiness.

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The Best Natural Product  To Use To Get Healthy and Glowing Skin

Since I was a young girl, I’ve been surrounded by all things natural health. There were always fruits, vegetables, vitamins and essential oils in our home which I absolutely loved even as a child. I believe we are all aware of the benefits our skin gains from having vegetables, fruits and water. But, that is not where it ends!

The sensitivity of our skin ranges from person to person however the number one thing all of our skin has in common is the need to be properly cleansed and moisturized. I have tried a million different natural soaps and moisturizers to help maintain my overall clear skin but there always felt like something was missing. That missing factor was tea tree oil!
NOW Organic Tea tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a perfect way to rid of acne scars with the help of its anti-inflammatory properties. Not only can you use it for acne bit it can help calm itchy as well as dry and oily skin. I have recently begun using tea tree oil during my facial wash routine and my skin has been glowing ever since.
Lavender, Rose and tea tree oil are some of the best essential oils to use for your skin

Here’s how I use it:

I created a scrub with this castile soap with natural Lavender oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, hemp oil, coconut oil and mixing it with two tablespoons of sugar. After washing my face with this scrub I take a cotton pad and a few drops of tea tree oil and wipe all around my face. I then proceed to moisturize with an all natural shea butter.
Walmart Brand Equate beauty Pure Castile Soap

While I don’t recommend applying tea tree oil directly to your skin, I know I’m not allergic so this is how I apply it. I do recommend not only doing a patch test but to always use a carrier oil of your choosing.

This new skin routine provides me with healthy glowing skin and a perfectly cleansed face.
Castile soap is made from plant oils so it is safe, even for sensitive skin

Just a warning tea tree oil has a very strong scent and can burn so be careful when using around the eyes.

You can also use tea tree oil for your hair as it promotes hair growth, helps to calm dry or itchy scalp and moisturizing. I add a few drops to my shampoo and it helps soothe my scalp in an instant.
Hemp oil helps balance skin oil production

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